ORA-1 Gets a Kickstarter Campaign

You may or may not have heard of the ORA-1 (ORA-S) before. It’s a pair of augmented reality glasses that is being worked on by a company called Optinvent. While a lot of smart glasses companies are working on providing people with glasses that have great cameras, voice recognition, and easy-to-read notifications; Optinvent is aiming to provide people with amazing augmented reality experiences via the ORA-1 (ORA-S).

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The ORA-1 has been in development for a little while. While it has been in development for a while, the project is starting to get somewhere. There was a demo of the ORA-1 (ORA-S) at CES and a few other conventions. And, now there is even a Kickstarter. Yup, Optinvent has started a Kickstarter for the developer version and the consumer version of their smart glasses. You can get a pair of the consumer edition of ORA-1 for a reasonable $300 and you can get a pair of the developer version for $600.

The developer edition comes with a pair of the ORA-1, an SDK and early bird delivery in December. The consumer Edition of ORA-1 isn’t being delivered till August of 2015.

Right now, the ORA-1 is a bit bulkier than other current smart glasses and they have very thick frames. The thick frames house photochromic lenses that darken when exposed to sunlight. On the right side of the glasses you can find a trackpad, camera, and a light sensor. On the left you will find the battery. Like I said, the ORA-1 is a bit bulky, but from what the Kickstarter said they plan on slimming it down as much as possible with future models.

When it comes to specs, the ORA-1 is packing hardware that is similar to many other pairs of smart glasses. Inside of the ORA-1 you will find a dual core processor (ARM Cortex 9 1.2ghz w/ 1GB RAM), 4GB of storage, 5MP camera, microphone, sound, trackpad (mouse and swipe), inertial sensors, WiFi, Blootooth, GPS, ambient light sensor, photochromic lenses, and a high capacity rechargeable battery. When it comes to the battery life, the ORA-1 is supposed to last around 7 hours with average usage or two hours with intense usage. Pretty average stuff so far. So, what makes the ORA-1 special? Well…

The ORA-1 (ORA-S) technically has two modes. The ORA-1 can be used in Augmented Reality Mode or Glance mode. The augmented reality mode allows you to get a full view of information, including apps and notifications, right in front your eyes. The glance mode is similar to how Google Glass manages to display things. Glance mode displays information in the bottom portion of your field of view, and requires you to glance over to see it.

Another cool, but not so special thing about the ORA-1 is that it can handle and run most native Android apps. Some of the apps that the ORA-1 can handle includes Wikitude, Layar, AR Invaders, Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare.

Optinvent has had working models of the ORA-1 for a while. Like I said, they’ve demo’d the glasses at a few conventions. The purpose of this Kickstarter is to get funds (obviously), and to get the device into the hands of developers. In the Kickstarter its mentioned that the funds will help create and distribute a more streamlined version of the glasses for the mass market. So, yeah. They have a working product, they just need funds to work on it a little more.  But, yeah.

Overall, the ORA-1 seems like a good pair of smart glasses. I really hope Optinvent gets the funds they are looking for. Their Kickstarter goal is $100,000 and so far they’ve raised $4,441. If you’re interested in supporting the Kickstarter project yourself, then click right here.

So, what do you think about the ORA-1? Are you going to get one? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section down below!